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At Vishwak Solutions we moved about a year back to Office 365 for hosting our email/calendar/contacts for Vishwak.com domain. Recently we got the service upgrade on our Office365 account, as a result I suppose we received new features that were brought out with Exchange Server 2013 and additional items specific to Office 365. Last few days I began noticing a new button appearing on top of the reading pane for some of the emails. It was titled “Action Items”. Clicking it, revealed it to be an intelligent system that extracts from mail text & shows only the “Action Items”  which…

I have been using Outlook 2013 for few months now & I love it. Initially I didn’t see anything different from Outlook 2010 other than “Metro”fication of the User-Interface & In-place replies. People Hub After reading about it in Office Blog, I enabled the social integration features. WOW, these features are cool. Basically it allows you to connect your Outlook to social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & SkyDrive). Doing this allows you to see additional information including Pictures of people in your Outlook contact list. These include people who may not be connected to you directly but have provided their…

If you are using Microsoft Outlook with either Exchange Server or Office 365, you may at times see few emails titled “Synchronization Log” as Unread mails. I have been getting this for years now and it is a known harmless issue and can be safely ignored. If like me having Unread mails bothers you, you can do this simple fix. To correct it the user needs to customize the search folder as following: – Go down to Search Folders – Context click on the “Unread Mail” folder and choose “Customize “Unread Mail” – Click on Browse – Unselect the checkbox…

As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner at “Vishwak Solutions” we have been using Microsoft Exchange server as our Mailing, Contact & Calendaring solution for many years. Till last year we have been running Exchange Server On-Premise, this meant having at least 4 servers, uninterrupted power, redundant connectivity and so on. Though Exchange is the best solution for this workload, it is still lot of work from a management perspective, especially since we are less than 100 users. Having tried out earlier the alternatives (Linux Mailserver, Google Apps and others) I feel Exchange Server & Outlook really improves team productivity. So…

Today in my Yoga class my Yoga teacher approached me with a problem. He is writing some Sanskrit slogas with Latin Characters in MS Word and he is not able to get the diacritic marks, like the apostrophe or dashes on top of an English letter or below a letter. An example is below of what he is trying from an old Yoga textbook: Coming home I contacted my good friend Murasu Muthu Nedumaran, an expert calligrapher who instantly pointed me to the answer. The trick is to use what are called as Combining Marks in Unicode. Below are the…